According to a new report by TMZ, fan-favorite guest host Sherri Shepherd is in the final stages of locking down a deal to permanently front “The Wendy Williams Show,” which would obviously undergo a name change if Shepherd takes over. She and Michael Rapaport quickly emerged as frontrunners during their time filling in for Williams, from the beginning of Season 13 onwards. Shepherd has extensive experience since she previously served as a full-time co-host on “The View.”
Back in November 2021, The Sun revealed Shepherd was in talks to take over from Williams, according to sources close to the production. Their unofficial new motto is reportedly “new year, new show.” Radar Online also previously reported Williams’ own production company was looking for a permanent replacement, but The Sun was told the position is “Sherri’s to lose” because “she is the number one choice.”
The guest stints were seen as “auditions” by those working behind the scenes on “The Wendy Williams Show.” As one insider noted, “Sherri is the frontrunner, and staff think it’s all but a done deal with her.” It was previously thought that “The Nick Cannon Show” might take over the spot previously occupied by Williams’ beloved show, but his ratings have been declining while hers are steady despite the host’s absence. Clearly, staff are hoping the trend continues with Shepherd at the helm.